the Ceremony on the mountain

 

OPENING WORDS by Reverend Sweet Dick:

We are gathered here, not to witness the beginning of what will be, but rather what already is! We celebrate with Tom, Caroline and their families the joyous occurrence that has already taken place in their lives.

 

You share a partnership based upon love. This is a word usually used with vague sentimentality. Today, by proclaiming your intent to marry in the presence of this company, your community, you choose to love in a way that is above vagueness and beyond sentimentality. You accept each other without qualification or reservation, not as perfect, but as human, with strengths and weaknesses.

 

Such love will nourish you. Unlike youth, which is a moment that is come and gone, remaining only a memory of something which cannot be recovered, your love will persist and grow as long as you make it central to your lives. As you have chosen to allow your love to grow into marriage, so will you grow into a larger self.

 

Let the bond of marriage give you courage and confidence as you continue your lives together. While you enjoy the affection and thoughtful consideration which you have for each other, remember the need for self-sacrifice, patience and forbearance.

 

May you find in each other mutual enrichment, mental and spiritual, a mingling of two endowments which depletes neither, but enables each. It is the privilege of husband and wife to be each himself, herself and yet another; to face the world strong, with the courage of two.

 

As you give yourself into the hands of your spouse, trustingly and generously, you each receive the gift of life and love from the other. Add it to the irreplaceable gifts of life and love you have received from the parents who brought you into the world and reared you, and from the personal world of friends and family who are joined in friendship and faith in your marriage.

 

We are here to share your joy and hope and to speed you along the path which, henceforth, you are to tread together. May it be the path of blessedness, bright with the lights of prosperity and spiritual discovery; a path of deepening and widening love that you shall travel arm in arm throughout eternity.

 

Do you have vows that you wish to make to one another?

 

 

VOWS

 

Tom’s vows:

On this day I wish to pledge my life, my love, and my future to you, in marriage.

Because to the depths of me,

I long to love one person,

with all my heart,

my soul,

my mind,

my body…

Because marriage means opportunity to grow

in love

in friendship.

You are a friend

with whom I can trust to share my intimacies

and won’t hold them against me,

who loves me when I’m unlikeable,

who sees and loves the small child in me,

and looks for the potential in me…

I come here today, Caroline, secure in the knowledge that you are my partner,

the one with whom I will live and grow forever.

I offer myself to you and you alone as your wedded mate,

in the name of grateful, and everlasting love.

I vow that I shall stand steadfast by our marriage,

I vow that I shall stand steadfast by you,

to face together all the joys and challenges and rewards that our partnership will bring.

I vow that I shall always put this partnership first, above any personal consideration.

 

I, Tom, take you Caroline to be my wife,

as my friend and my love.

On this day I affirm the relationship we have enjoyed, looking to the future to keep and to strengthen it.

I will be yours in sickness and in health,

in joy and in sorrow,

in failure and in triumph.

I promise to love you and laugh with you,

comfort and encourage you,

be open with you,

And stay with you as long as we both shall live.

 

Caroline's Vows:

Tom, I am proud to join with you as partners in life.

Out of the thousands of men in the world I feel blessed to have found you.

I will do my best to honor you and our marriage,and I look forward to enjoying your companionship, your love, and your many fine and admirable qualities in the future as I do now.

I come here today, Tom, secure in the knowledge that you are my partner,

the one with whom I will live and grow forever.

I offer myself to you and you alone as your wedded mate,

in the name of grateful, and everlasting love.

 

I, Caroline, take you Tom to be my husband,

as my friend and my love.

On this day I affirm the relationship we have enjoyed, looking to the future to keep and to strengthen it.

I will be yours in sickness and in health,

in joy and in sorrow,

in failure and in triumph.

I promise to love you and laugh with you,

comfort and encourage you,

be open with you,

And stay with you as long as we both shall live.

 

 

CEREMONY OF RINGS (recited by the Reverend)

Traditionally, the marking of the passage to the status of husband and wife is marked by the exchange of rings. These rings are a symbol of the unbroken circle of Love. Love freely given has no beginning and no end. Love freely given has no giver and no receiver - for each is the giver and the receiver. May these rings remind you always of the vows you have (given) here today.

 

Tom: This ring, a gift for you, symbolizes my desire that you be my wife from this day forward.

 

Caroline: This ring, a gift for you, symbolizes my wish that you be my husband from this day forward.

 

 

MEDITATION (recited by the Reverend)

In recognition of the fact that marriage is a spiritual bond that dwells in the hearts of Caroline and Tom, please, join me know in a few moments of silent meditation. Now is the time for each of us, as members of Caroline’s and Tom’s community, to make our contribution to their spiritual confirmation. After a few moments, I will close the meditation by sharing the Dineh Wedding Prayer.

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter to the other.

Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.

Now there is no loneliness for you:

Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.

Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your togetherness,

and may you days be good and long together.

Inasmuch as Caroline and Tom have consented together in this ceremony to live in wedlock and have witnessed their vows in the presence of this company, by the giving and receiving of rings, by the powers vested in me by the Universal Life Church, it gives me great pleasure to now pronounce that they are husband and wife! (You may kiss the bride). Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to present to you Mr. Thomas Ganner, and Mrs. Caroline Moseley Ganner.

the happy couple

 

    Thanks for helping us celebrate love!